Mark Thiessen

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Santa visit brings joy to a frosty Alaska Inupiaq village

Never mind that Santa left Rudolph at home to catch a ride on an Alaska Air National Guard cargo plane to Nuiqsut, just 50 frosty kilometres south of the Arctic Ocean. Here, just a reindeer skip and a hop from the North Pole, the students were abuzz with good cheer.

Environmental Protection Agency proposes restrictions to block proposed Alaska mine

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed restrictions that would block plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region that is home to the world's largest sockeye salmon run.

Alaska firefighters help rescue a moose trapped in a home

Firefighters in Alaska got an unusual request for assistance last weekend from the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, but it wasn't your mundane cat-stuck-in-a-tree situation.

Alaska landslide damages 3 homes in Juneau, 'squishes' pickup truck

A landslide triggered by record rainfall significantly damaged three homes, prompted the evacuation of about a dozen residents and caused power outages in downtown Juneau, Alaska's capital city.

Damage assessments begin in flooded remote Alaska villages

Authorities in Alaska were making contact Monday with some of the most remote villages in the United States to determine their food and water needs, as well as assess the damage after a massive storm.

Flood waters receding after storm batters western Alaska

The remnants of Typhoon Merbok were weakening Sunday as the storm system moved north from the Bering Strait into the Chukchi Sea on Alaska's northwest coast, where it still threatens smaller communities, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kaitlyn Lardeo.

4-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey dies

The four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner died Wednesday from cancer, his father and kennel announced on Facebook. He was 52 years old.

Helicopter pilot dies in crash while helping fight Alaska wildfire

A helicopter contracted to support firefighting efforts on an Interior Alaska blaze crashed after takeoff, killing the pilot, officials said Monday. The fatality was the first related to Alaska wildfires in 22 years.

Scientists send glider drone into Gulf of Alaska to learn more about ocean's CO2 levels

Designed to dive 1,000 metres and roam remote parts of the ocean, an autonomous vehicle was deployed in the Gulf of Alaska this spring to provide a deeper understanding of the ocean's chemistry in the era of climate change.

Alaska air pollution holds clues for other Arctic climates

In the pristine expanse of Alaska's interior lies a dirty secret: some of the most polluted winter air in the United States can be found in and around Fairbanks